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Mayweather Goes Off on Conor McGregor in Tirade

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor showed no interest in defending his featherweight title, and when faced with the prospect of having to give up one belt, kept 155. But he has expressed no interest in defending the lightweight belt, calling undefeated #1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov as a “pull-out merchant.” Notorious expressed only passing interest in fighting for the welterweight title.

What he wants is to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he recently got licensed as a prizefighter in California. However, in a recent interview with Elie Seckbach for FightHype.com, Mayweather was not impressed.

“Man, I don’t fight in California,” said Mayweather, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “What did he get a license in California for?

“He’s blowing smoke up everybody’s a**. He don’t really wanna fight because I went to his boss. He don’t want to fight, he’s just doing that to keep his name alive, to stay relevant. He’s doing that to build his followers. He’s smart.”

The most interesting part of the denial is that Mayweather went to Dana White about the fight, the necessary first step.

Although Mayweather hasn’t fought outside of Nevada in over a decade, McGregor may still harbor a grudge at his fines by the Nevada State Athletic Commission over tossing a water bottle. Thus the source of the licensing in California could be that, rather than blowing smoke … somewhere.

While Mayweather started the idea in May, and at one point said “absolutely” he thought it would happen, he has of late been dismissive.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.